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An Armenian asylum seeker who arrived in the Netherlands last December has committed suicide in woods near the refugee centre where he lived in Deventer, the NRC reports on Wednesday.
Permission given to the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to move a rescued Orca to an amusement park in Spain was correct, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday.
Patients living in a secure unit in a psychiatric clinic in the Frisian town of Oostrum have easy access to mobile phones, drugs, cigarettes and knives, according to a report by public television company EO.

Two Dutch suicide bombers have died in Iraq and Syria: minister
Two Dutch suicide bombers have died in attacks in Iraq and Syria, home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk said on Wednesday at the publication of the secret service’s annual report.

Fewer private sector homes for rent, €700 plus in greatest demand
The number of private flats and houses offered for rent in the first quarter of 2014 was down almost 24% compared with the first three months of 2013, according to research by rental housing platform Pararius.nl.

Commuters face more expensive rush-hour train tickets
Dutch railway company NS is planning to make rush-hour tickets more expensive and has reached an agreement in principle with junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld, the AD reports on Wednesday.

PVV leader Wilders loses key aide over anti-Moroccan chanting
Geert Wilders’ personal policy advisor and member of Zuid Holland provincial council has left the PVV.

De Hond defends poll as 43% say they want fewer Moroccans in NL
Some 43% of the Dutch agree they would rather there were fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, according to an opinion poll by Maurice de Hond for the anti-immigration PVV.

Whistleblowers need better protection: helpline
A special helpline for whistleblowers has helped 61 people go public since it was founded in October 2012 and has dealt with 435 requests for advice, according to the Adviespunt Klokkenluiders’s first annual report.

More food firms, hotel group shift to one star factory farm pork
The Subway sandwiches group, salad maker Johma and hotel group NH are the latest firms to switch to one star factory pork, animal rights group Wakker Dier said on Tuesday.

Fruit and veg auction house to cut 350 jobs
Fruit and vegetable auction house The Greenery is cutting 350 out of 1,645 jobs in an effort to improve its profitability.

Over 4,000 fake Anton Heyboer etchings, but where did they come from?
A 72-year-old man has gone on trial in Amsterdam in connection with a major art fraud based on etchings said to have been made by Dutch painter and print maker Anton Heyboer (1924-2005).

Cycle lanes are getting busier, racing cyclists in more accidents
The number of cyclists taken to hospital after crashes involving other cyclists rose 40% between 2008 and 2012, according to the Dutch road safety body VeiligheidNL.

House prices rose 2.6% in Amsterdam last month, but down nationwide
House prices fell 2.1% on average in March but were up 2.6% in Amsterdam, the national statistics office said on Tuesday.

Dutch efforts in Mali stepped up, 100 more soldiers join UN mission
Some 100 Dutch soldiers will leave from Eindhoven airport on Tuesday to take part in a UN mission in Mali, the NRC reports.

Cutting pensions will hit hopes of more family carers, say campaigners
Government plans to cut the state pensions of elderly people who move in with their children are stopping families from caring from elderly relatives, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

Currency effects, problems in Russia and China hit Philips' earnings
Dutch electronics group Philips booked lower earnings and turnover in the first three months of this year, saying currency effects and problems in China and Russia were to blame.

Four hundred Ajax fans banned from key league title tie
Some 400 Ajax supporters have been banned from Sunday’s key tie between the Amsterdam club and Heracles of Almelo, the club and Amsterdam city council have decided.

Railway information boards contain no or wrong departure times
Dutch train users on Tuesday morning were faced with platform information signs showing no or wrong information.

Ornamental plants loaded with pesticides, including illegal ones
Ornamental plants sold in Dutch garden centres are often so full of pesticides they are extremely dangerous to bees, according to research by environmental organisation Greenpeace.

33 arrests, firework disruption as Zwolle thrash Ajax to win Dutch Cup
Police made 33 arrests in and around the Kuip stadium in Rotterdam which hosted the KNVB Cup final on Sunday between PEC Zwolle and Ajax.

Veluwe heath fire under control, one tenth of national park destroyed
The huge heath fire which led to the Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem being evacuated on Sunday has finally been extinguished and the park is set to reopen on Monday, Nos television says.

PEC Zwolle thrashes Ajax to win Dutch Cup in a bizarre match
PEC Zwolle beat Ajax of Amsterdam 5-1 to win the KNVB Cup on Sunday.

Amsterdam should not become like Venice, says local council chief
A careful balance needs to be struck to make sure the volume and type of tourists in Amsterdam do not become a problem for its residents, according to the chairman of Amsterdam Centrum's borough council.

British public urged to fund campaign to free Morgan the orca
British newspaper The Sunday People and the Born Free foundation have launched a campaign to try to free an orca found off the Dutch coast four years ago and now kept in a Spanish amusement park.

Huge heath fire in Hoge Veluwe national park, visitors told to leave
The Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem was evacuated on Sunday because of a massive heath fire.

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